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Ag new biz for Bobcat: Bobcat launches compact tractors through agreement with Daedong; three 20 to 30 hp models; plans for six.

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As Bobcat Co. celebrated its 50th anniversary, it branched into a new market segment with a line of compact tractors. The new ag line is part of a long-term strategic agreement between Bobcat and Korean manufacturer Daedong Industrial Co. Ltd. to produce a line of Bobcat-branded compact utility tractors. Daedong is a manufacturer of diesel engines and compact ag and utility tractors.

The initial offering comprises the CT120, CT225 and CT230 tractors and will feature a total of six models throughout 2008. The tractors are a natural complement to the Bobcat line as the company said one-third of its customers are already buying a tractor with the purchase of a skid-steer loader or mini excavator. Bobcat estimated the compact tractor market at 120,000 to 130,000 units per year.

Today, compact tractors are used by farmers, ranchers, commercial landscapers, groundskeepers and homeowners with acreage for barns, sheds, mowing, property maintenance and light-duty work. According to Bobcat, 70 to 80% of these tractors are sold with a loader attachment, which allows these machines to do more. The CT120, CT225 and CT230 are available with a front loader and will be produced by Daedong in Korea and then assembled by Bobcat in Minneapolis, Minn.

The CT120 is the smallest in the new Bobcat tractor line with a 20 hp power rating, 105.7 in. long by 46.5 in. wide by 81.8 in. high dimensions and 2055 lb. operating weight. It has an 89 in. turning radius, making it ideal for working tight areas, said Bobcat.

The CT225 sits in the middle of the lineup at 27 hp and 3021 lb. operating weight. The CT230 model is slightly larger at 30 hp and 3055 lb. Dimensions on the CT225 and CT230 are 118.3 in. long by 55.9 in. wide by 95.9 in. high. Daedong Tier 4 diesel engines are equipped on all three tractors along with a Donaldson air cleaner, spark arrestor muffler and 5.3 or 7.9 gal. fuel tank. The engines have three cylinders, 0.9, 1.4 and 1.5 L displacements, and glow plug engine preheat.

The smaller CT120 tractor features a two-speed hydrostatic drive system (zero to 9.3 mph) while the larger CT225 and CT230 have a three-speed drive system for zero to 13.1 mph travel. Wet disc brakes, a rear differential lock and four-wheel drive are standard on the machines as well as hydraulic power steering and ag, turf or general-purpose tires.

To maintain the versatility of the tractors, a rear continuously live PTO rated 14.5, 19.5 and 22 hp at 540 rpm is integrated with an optional 2000 rpm midmount option for mowers. A 7.7, 12.7 or 12.7 gpm pump capacity provides for a front-mounted loader with optional rear hydraulic remotes.

Loaders have an 830 and 1225 lb. capacity with 48, 54, 60 or 68 in. width. The Category 1 rear hitch has 960, 1400 and 1400 lb. lift capacities. Additional implements include angle blades, box blades, finish mowers, post-hole diggers and tine rakes.

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The tractors have a ROPS operator station equipped with a suspension seat, cup holder, tool box, horn, hazards, turn signals and an instrument panel to monitor fuel level, rpm and engine temperature. Optional accessories include rear working lights, side mirror, sunshade, grill guard, slow-moving vehicle emblem and deluxe seat.

Bobcat said the CT120, CT225 and CT230 were brought into inventory a few months ago and are now available. The tractors were unveiled at the World of Concrete show, Las Vegas, Nev., and will be showcased again at the ConExpo-Con/Agg show in Las Vegas.
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Title Annotation:AG EQUIPMENT
Author:Geske, Dawn M.
Publication:Diesel Progress North American Edition
Date:Mar 1, 2008
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